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Home Town: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Living In: New Mexico, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Biking, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I'm 32 years old, living back in New Mexico after living in Michigan for about 3 years (LOVED it there!!!) I just bought a Kitchen Aid Stand mixer so I am trying all kinds of new recipes for the first time! Mostly baking, which I am learning is a total science.
My favorite things to cook
I like cooking dinner, that's when I try to mix things up a little bit. I've gotten pretty good at making baked macaroni and cheese, homemade spaghetti sauce, homemade chicken noodle soup, beef stroganoff, and tacos!
My favorite family cooking traditions
-Getting together with my family to form a "human assembly" line, making about 8 dozen pierogi (Polish Dumplings) for Christmas Eve, also cooking adventures with my boyfriend.
My cooking triumphs
I've become pretty good at tweaking recipes here and there to suit my tastes, and also adding special ingredients to "store bought" things to make it seem more home-made. After much trials and tribulations, I think I have perfected my macaroni and cheese recipe! (now, only if I would remember to WRITE IT DOWN, haha)
My cooking tragedies
I've melted plastic spatulas, had a Pyrex pan shatter into a million peices in the sink, cooked some very questionable turkey burgers, and I've baked cookies that tasted like a spoonful of flour in your mouth. Eeech! I'm sure many many more to come!
Recipe Reviews 32 reviews
Mushroom Orzo
This recipe was awesome! Like a mini-Risoto! I also used chicken stock instead of water, and because I added asparagus and chopped chicken breast, I added about 1.5 cups more broth to the pasta, and cooked it about twice as long. No big deal, just be prepared in case this happens to you. I will definatley be making this again...I almost liked this more than the traditional risoto, a little less starchy and heavy.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 29, 2012
Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake
My first cheesecake, and it was pretty good! Maybe it's just me, but it didnt seem to have alot of pumpkin taste. Actually, I dont mind because pumpkin isnt my all-time favorite, but if you really like pumpkin, maybe add more spices, and/or pumpkin to the recipe. Also, I had to cook mine for about 65 minutes, no big deal, but good thing I had the time and wanst in a rush. Definate two thumbs up for the presentation, I love the double layer look!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 24, 2012
Slow Cooker Beef Stew IV
This was great!!!!! The "extra steps" arent that bad at all...youre essentially using the same pot to cook everything before hand. No biggie! Just be aware it takes some time, if you were planning on cooking this in the AM before rushing out the door for work! Did everything exact, except added some worchestershire sauce....yum! A previous commenter noted anchovies give this a little extra kick, and worchestershire sauce does have try it out!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 8, 2012

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